If someone has a problem with alcohol, other drugs, or gambling, it can become a problem for many people. Many people around the person who has the problem can be affected. Often friends, coworkers, and loved ones can see a problem developing before the person with the problem sees it.
Talk to the person about your concerns. If willing to get help, support the person. Take the person to a 12-Step meeting (e.g., Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, or Gam-Anon). The SMART Recovery® Program is a free, self-help support group.
Take care of yourself to help you, your family, and the person with the problem.
To find out how to get help and make a change or to find an addiction services office, call the
24-Hour Helpline (Alberta only).
Current as of: March 2, 2017
Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services